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Spotlight on ALSC Committees & Children and Libraries!

ALSC’s members are the association’s lifeblood and driving force! Through the hard work of our committees, task forces, and other working groups, ALSC is able to offer valuable resources like toolkits, reading lists, webinars, and more. Committee contributions also are apparent right here on the ALSC Blog, as evidenced by the many informational posts they share. Have you checked out these recent contributions? These are just a few examples of the beneficial inspiration, assets, and insights ALSC members bring to Blog readers and the field at large. Committees & Children and Libraries And, did you know that ALSC committees are also active in Children and Libraries (CAL), ALSC’s quarterly journal, sharing their know-how and indispensable information there as well? Regular committee columns in CAL cover many different topics. Here are just a few examples from past issues. Sharing Your Talents Are you ready to take on a new challenge? Share…

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2024 Summer Reading Lists

ALSC’s 2024 Summer Reading Lists have arrived! Compiled by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, the lists highlight engaging and award-winning books to keep children reading all summer long. In addition to top-notch reading picks, the committee also recommends a range of apps, podcasts, and websites to help kids discover new and extend current interests. Here’s just a sampling of the digital resources featured: The 2024 summer reading lists have a colorful, streamlined design, making them easy to download and print for children, parents, and caregivers in your library and community. Find the FREE lists on the ALSC website. More summer reading fun And, while we’re on the topic of summer reading, here are some posts that might inspire you: More reading lists Have you checked out the 2024 Dia booklists? They provide a wide range of captivating stories that represent and celebrate diverse cultures and backgrounds. This post addresses ALSC Core…

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A Children and Libraries Survey

ALSC members and Children and Libraries paid subscribers! We want to hear from you. The Children and Libraries (CAL) Editorial Advisory committee invites you to take a survey about the Children and Libraries journal. The committee is investigating delivery alternatives for Children and Libraries that could allow for a more sustainable, cost-effective business model for the journal. Results from the survey will help inform their recommendations to the ALSC Board of Directors. The survey, available at https://airtable.com/appxPqes5sqETrSkG/shryknOJIvxA7Wqz3, is brief and shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes to complete. The deadline for submissions is this Wednesday, April 10. Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback with us!

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Spring Online Education

Spring is officially here! Are you ready for some renewal and rejuvenation? ALSC is offering these three online learning opportunities in April! Webinar Creating Interactive Storytimes with Music, Play, and More – Tuesday, April 30, 2024 | 1:30pm CT Join this webinar with expert children’s programmer Alyssa Jewell as she demonstrates how to develop interactive learning experiences in which children engage in moving, music-making, and story drama. Online Courses American Sign Language (ASL) with Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical GuideApril 1 – May 12, 2024 In this 6-week eCourse, signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children. Participants learn basic ASL vocabulary appropriate for use with children and techniques to share stories, songs, and other activities that incorporate ASL. Using Picture Books to Discuss Social Justice and EquityApril 1 – April 28, 2024 In this course, Rabia Khokhar, teacher and education &…

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Celebrating Love & Books! — Couples Who Collaborate

It’s Valentine’s Day, a day for celebrating love! What better way to honor love on the ALSC Blog than by highlighting some very creative book-making partners who also happen to be married. For years now, ALSC’s journal, Children and Libraries (CAL), has featured Couples Who Collaborate, interviews with successful author/illustrator teams. Today we rewind to 2018-19 and feature three couples who make beautiful books together. Three Decades of Creative Success! Couples Who Collaborate: Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkneyby Jennifer Gibson In December, Book Riot named the creative team of Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney one of the 12 most prolific children’s book authors of all time! They have been collaborating for over 30 years. In this interview for CAL, they discuss the secret of balancing work and family life, their creative process, and the individuals who influenced their careers. From Art Class to Picture Books Couples Who Collaborate:…

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Celebrating 2024 Día!

As I mentioned last month, the 2024 Día Program Registry form is open. ALSC invites libraries, schools, and community organizations to register their upcoming programs. The national registry provides a searchable database showcasing all types of programs that highlight El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) and Diversity In Action. In addition, the Día Program Registry provides a space where planners can share diversity programming ideas and best practices with colleagues around the country. Several 2024 programs have been added to the directory already. Check out the registry map to see how other libraries around the country are celebrating Día. English & Spanish Booklists for 2024 Día! This year ALSC is very pleased to announce that the Día booklists will be available in English and Spanish. They will be available within the next couple weeks on the Día webpage. Also coming very soon to the…

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What’s Happening in ALSC?

That’s a great question! Here’s a quick digest of upcoming ALSC events and deadlines to keep you up-to-date. Professional Award Deadlines Time is running out to take advantage of two ALSC professional award opportunities! The Distinguished Service Award honors an individual member of ALSC who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC. The recipient receives $2,000 and an engraved pin. Hurry! The nomination deadline is this Saturday, December 23. The Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s Books, provides a $600 stipend to each of up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. The application deadline is Sunday, December 31. Upcoming eCourse Looking to improve outreach to all children in your community? Join ALSC for “Outreach Services for Underserved Children.” This four-week eCourse…

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2024 National Día Program Registry

The 2024 National Día Program Registry is now open, and ALSC invites libraries, schools, and community organizations to register their upcoming programs. By using the national registry, program planners help build a searchable database that showcases all types and sizes of programs that highlight El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) and Diversity In Action. The Día Program Registry is a great way for planners to share diversity programming ideas and best practices with colleagues across the country. A searchable Día program map and data table are available for browsing. Use this form to enter your programs. Why Celebrate Día? Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages, and cultures. Día Programming The four common goals of…